Kingston Technology Company, Inc., an independent provider of memory products, has unveiled DataTraveler ReadyFlash USB 2.0 flash drive for use in Windows Vista-based systems. ReadyFlash is enhanced for Windows ReadyBoost and was designed and tested by Kingston based on precise performance specifications outlined by Microsoft.
Kingston’s DataTraveler ReadyFlash (DTR) meets required Microsoft specifications and is available through Kingston’s global channel of distributors, resellers, e-tailers and retailers.
“Kingston is dedicated to providing our customers with memory solutions based on the latest available technology, such as Microsoft’s new Windows Vista operating system,” said Kingston Technology’s regional manager Marites Bairstow. “We are pleased to be working with Microsoft to help users of Windows Vista maximise the features and performance of the operating system,” she continued.
While adding system memory is the ideal way to increase performance, Windows ReadyBoost allows the system to utilise a memory source in addition to DRAM for processing data and applications.
For instance, if a notebook has a maximum memory capacity of 1 GB installed, Windows ReadyBoost allows the use of a Flash memory device, such as DataTraveler ReadyFlash, as a more responsive storage medium for Windows ReadyBoost cache.
“Windows Vista and the 2007 Office system will create a platform for the next generation of user experiences, and we are excited to see the industry come together like never before around these products,” said Brad Goldberg, General Manager for Windows. “By working closely with partners such as Kingston, we are able to provide consumers worldwide an experience that is easier, safer, more entertaining and better connected whether at home, at work, or on the go.”
DataTraveler ReadyFlash is a USB 2.0 Flash drive enhanced for Windows ReadyBoost; when connected to a Windows Vista-based system’s USB 2.0 port, the Windows Vista AutoPlay dialog box will provide the option of using the device for Windows ReadyBoost.
However, only devices like DTR meet the performance requirements and capacity threshold for Windows ReadyBoost.
- Capacities –1 GB and 2 GB
- Dimensions – 2.67" x 0.829" x 0.355" (67.7 mm x 20.8 mm x 9.0 mm)
- Operating temperature – 32° to 140° F (0° to 60° C)
- Storage temperature – -4° to 185° F (-20° to 85° C)
- Windows ReadyBoost performance – Exceeds the minimum Windows ReadyBoost performance requirements for USB drives of: 5MB/sec throughput for random 4k reads across the entire device; 3MB/sec throughput for random 512k writes
- Convenient – pocket-sized for easy transportability
- Simple – just plug into a USB 2.0 port